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Live music at Main on Fridays! Next up is The Dianne Coble Ensemble on 11/24. Learn how singing builds literacy skills and setting screen-free time in this issue of Early Childhood Literacy FOCUS.

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Today at Huber Heights (11:00 AM)
Does your child (preschool through grade 3) need some extra guidance in reading&…


Today at Kettering (11:00 AM)
Yoga for Success is a guided presentation of foundational Isha yoga practices de…


Today at Huber Heights (12:00 PM)
Would you like to practice your English conversational skills in a friendly, cas…


Today at Burkhardt (1:00 PM)
This program is focused on being a living fossil. We will discuss what it means …


Today at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Join us for a family-friendly movie with popcorn!…


Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Why should kids have all the fun· Bring your friends or make some new one…


Today at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
Join us for science experiments using dry ice!…


Today at Main (2:00 PM)
Play games and enjoy snacks with your loved ones.  …


Today at Madden Hills (3:30 PM)
This program is focused on being a living fossil. We will discuss what it means …


Today at Kettering (4:00 PM)
Come to the library for an afternoon of building with LEGOs and littleBits elect…


Monday at Belmont (9:30 AM)
Schedule an informal session to address your personal technology needs. Sessions…


Monday at Madden Hills (10:00 AM)
This class will cover the fundamentals of the computer and operating system. &nb…


Monday at Main (10:00 AM)
This workshop, designed for the novice, will highlight some of the most useful d…


Monday at Wilmington (11:30 AM)
Foster an early love of art with storytime at Rosewood Gallery!  A libraria…


Monday at Wilmington (12:00 PM)
This class is designed for homeschooled Teens--age 13-18--who are interested in …


Monday at Vandalia (12:30 PM)
Join us for stories, songs, and other fun learning activities designed to develo…


Monday at Huber Heights (12:30 PM)
Are you a Mahjong player or interested in learning· Mahjong (pronounced m…


Monday at Main (2:00 PM)
Are you ready to take your computer skills to the next level· Have you ev…


Monday at Huber Heights (2:00 PM)
This class is for people with little to no computer experience. Learn the mouse…


Monday at Madden Hills (2:00 PM)
Got homework· Friendly Homework Helpers can guide you in the right direct…


Monday at Northwest (2:00 PM)
Got homework· Friendly Homework Helpers can guide you in the right direct…


Monday at Kettering (2:00 PM)
Come join us for a family movie on the big screen. Fresh popcorn and juice will …


Monday at Northwest (3:00 PM)
Come during this special time set aside for ages 9-12, and play the Wii U with y…


Monday at Main (3:00 PM)
Fight your boredom and stop by Teen Edge for a do-it-yourself drop-in activity. …


Monday at Northmont (3:00 PM)
Bring your own ereader to learn how to use the library's OverDrive program for e…


Monday at Trotwood (3:00 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available t…


Monday at Wilmington (3:30 PM)
Learning to code has never been so much fun! All it takes is color to control th…


Monday at Miamisburg (3:30 PM)
Need a little help with your homework· There is homework help available t…


Monday at Westwood (4:00 PM)
Come for some fun as we learn all about these big, spectacular birds:  thei…


Monday at Burkhardt (4:00 PM)
Attention, building enthusiasts: Bring the whole family to the Library for an ep…

           

Critical Relationships to Develop

networkAt several recent networking events, I have heard business and community leaders mention how important it is for entrepreneurs to foster an ongoing relationship with their banker. This ensures that asking for a loan isn’t a “cold call” but rather a conversation with someone who is well-versed on the goals and plans you have for your business.  While I whole-heartedly agree that having a relationship with your lender is important, I also believe there are many other relationships a successful business owner will want to cultivate and nurture.  Here’s my list of people who should be part of your circle of influence:

  1. Your local reference librarian- One of my tasks as DML’s Business Services Librarian is to connect entrepreneurs with credible, reliable and trustworthy resources and people who are supportive and helpful.  I’m happy to share my network with you any time you need an introduction to any of the service providers mentioned here. Call me at 937-496-8631 or email me.

  2. A business adviser through the SBDC - Ohio Small Business Development Centers offer free comprehensive business management and education services for all businesses, whether they are just starting or looking to grow into a new market or territory. They can also assist with business planning, loan packaging assistance, and strategies for managing business opportunities and obstacles. The SBDC at The Entrepreneurs Center regularly offers courses covering bookkeeping, market research and information about starting a new business.

  3. An attorney- This suggestion is pretty self-explanatory. There will be many legal issues you may encounter as you setup your business and as you move forward. Having an established relationship with an attorney will save you lost sleep and time when an unexpected issue suddenly crops up.

  4. An accountant- I subscribe to the theory that business owners should do what they do best and outsource those tasks that are time-thieves and headache-creators. If accounting does not come naturally to you and you are staying up all night just to keep up with bill paying and payroll, find yourself an accountant you trust and forge a relationship. Yes, this relationship, like the one with an attorney, does not come free, but a small investment early may save you money in the long run when you avoid tax penalties and other fees because of botched books.

  5. A financial adviser and/ or credit counselor- In addition to a banker or lender, you need to have a good relationship with a financial adviser who can help you determine how much financial risk you can safely undertake when it comes to this new business venture. You may be so excited about making widgets that you are willing to roll over a 401K or take a second mortgage on your house. A good financial adviser can run the numbers and encourage you to give second and third thoughts before you sign any checks.  A credit counselor is also important for some entrepreneurs whose personal financial standing may make it difficult to secure funding for your business.  Dayton Metro Library has an established relationship with Consumer Credit Counseling Service Graceworks. You can reach them for an appointment at 937-643-2227.

  6. The local chamber of commerce- Chambers of commerce specialize in supporting business owners through advertising, networking events and advocacy. While chambers are membership-driven organizations, member fees are generally based on annual revenue, so this can be an affordable investment in the early days of your start-up. You can also take advantage of some events and programs without being a member by simply paying a higher registration fee.

  7. Yourself- Owning a business requires a huge commitment of time, energy and financial equity.  Being passionate about providing a service or selling a product will only get you so far if you don’t have the drive and dedication to work long hours, to push through challenges, to meet opportunities head on.  You also need to consider your skills and experience.  Baking the world’s best cookies for your grandchildren is not enough to make you a successful bakery owner.  Make sure you take time to consider your own personal goals, your level of commitment and your own history before moving forward with a business plan.
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